Lying strategically on the edge of the Western Rift Valley Albertine Rift Valley in South-Western Uganda is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also known as “the home of the endangered mountain gorillas,” named as “one of Africa’s most interesting National Parks” in 2014. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is shared by three districts including Kabale, Kisoro and Rukungiri.
Its biological diversity also provides shelter for around 120 mammal species including several primate species like chimpanzees and baboons, around 350 bird species including 23 Albertine endemics, around 220 butterfly species and about 27 frog species. All this reveals the park’s uniqueness, not forgetting the various adventurous activities that will make you fall so much in love with it as shown below.
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has so many habituated mountain gorilla groups located in different regions of the forest. This means that it’s very possible to get gorilla permits when you decide to plan a gorilla tour to Bwindi. These regions include Buhoma in the north with 3 gorilla families, Ruhija in the East with four gorilla families and the rest of the gorilla groups are in the south of the forest.
2 .Bwindi gorilla permits cost USD600.00 per permit and allows you to spend one hour with the gorillas. In the low seasons of April, May and November, Uganda wildlife authority offers discounts on gorilla permits so if you wish to benefit from off season offers, please contact us. With the gorilla permit at USD600, it makes Uganda as a less expensive country to visit for gorilla trekking and gives all the reasons to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- It is only in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that one can participate in gorilla habituation experience to spend for hours with mountain gorillas by paying only USD1500.00 for a permit. We organize gorilla habituation experience safaris to the southern part of Bwindi National Park all through the year.
- The park is also blessed with 345 confirmed and five unconfirmed species of birds, a high figure when compared to other national parks. Of the particular interest to birders are the 23 species endemics to the Albertine Rift and at least 14 species recorded now where elsewhere, among them the African green broadbill, white tailed blue fly catcher, brown-necked parrot and others. Among the most interesting and colourful birds that are likely to be seen by casual visitors are the harrier hawk, mountain buzzard, olive pigeon, white-headed wood hoopoe and any number of confusingly similar and greenbuls.re about gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.
- Besides gorilla trekking, the ancient impenetrable rainforest is also a perfect place that nature enthusiasts would love because hiking and nature walks shows them different primates and other wildlife, colorful birds and thousands of beautiful butterflies and much more. With its main nature trails, that is to say the Kashasha River Trail, the Bamboo Trail, the Muyanga Waterfall Trail, the Muzubijiro Troop, the Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail, the Habinyanja Trail, the Mubwindi Swamp Trail, the Rushura Hill Trail and the River Ivi Walk, you will thoroughly explore the valleys, ridges, the impenetrable forest, the Muyanga waterfall and river Ivi, the sand beaches, the hill of Rushura and much more. Some of these trails were used by the local people thousands of years ago and some by the Batwa pygmy impenetrable forest inhabitants. These hiking and nature walks however need prior preparation especially with dress codes.
- Cycling/biking, with or without a guide, through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest following the well-maintained trails will have you enjoying the astonishingly beautiful scenery and is one of the activities you should not miss out on adding to the list of your safari activities. It is usually done early in the morning and in the evenings and the cyclists can be able to view different wildlife for example red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, squirrels, duikers, bush bucks and many more and the mountain bikes to be used can be rented.